Tamra Plotnick, Director of Noncredit Adult and Continuing Education Programs
212-346-1692, cell 917.655.7577, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Christopher T. Cory, Executive Director of Public Information, Pace University
212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164, email@example.com
Editors: This could make a photo with caption, or a fuller story on how art helps kids and their future teachers make good.
ART BY DOWNTOWN KIDS WITH HISPANIC MENTORS
FINDS VERY UPTOWN LOCATION
WHEN: Monday, July 11
11:30 AM -12:30 PM
WHERE: Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, 427 Madison Avenue, 37th floor. Ask for Miriam Aòeses (212.812.4224).
WHAT: Last summer, the Chilean-born artist Carolina Bermudez, a Queens resident, supervised a group of 8-12-year-old children in the Summer Arts program at Pace University’s downtown campus. The students made a 5×10-foot mural showing post 9-11 New York City in bright colors. Bermudez was helped by Omar Granillo, a student in Pace’s school of education who lives in the Bronx and holds an educational fellowship funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation designed to encourage minority students to enter teaching. When the course ended he carefully folded the work, put it in his backpack, and carried it to an institute in Washington, DC for Rockefeller fellows. There, foundation representatives decided to have it professionally framed, at a cost that turned out to be nearly $4,000. It now covers much of the wall in the foundation’s conference room in midtown.
On Monday one of last summer’s student artists, Willa Rubin, a 12-year-old resident of Manhattan’s Battery Park City who is a returning student in this summer’s Pace arts program, plus Bermudez, Granillo and professor Patricia Brock, Granillo’s mentor at the Pace ed school, will visit the foundation for lunch and their first glimpse of their displayed masterpiece.
Media are welcome to cover.